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by Gerald Deutsch
July 25th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Perfect timing
Replies: 9
Views: 1574

Re: Perfect timing

In College When I was in college I was in a fraternity. I did then – as I do now – mostly close up magic – sleight of hand with cards coins and objects commonly carried by most of us. I also learned to do some pick pocketing and I became good at stealing watches. Every Friday there was a “party” and...
by Gerald Deutsch
July 24th, 2019, 9:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Perfect timing
Replies: 9
Views: 1574

Re: Perfect timing

In the Air National Guard I was appointed an “Element Leader” during Basic Training with the Air National Guard and was in charge of a group of recruits from all over the country. There was one fellow JB – something from some small town. I don’t think he ever wore a pair of shoes before joining the ...
by Gerald Deutsch
July 21st, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Perfect timing
Replies: 9
Views: 1574

Re: Perfect timing

My First Job While I was going to college I wanted to be a part time salesman in a department store and be able to work with people. At that time I was already doing magic. I also smoked two packs of cigarettes a day. The manager told me after I was hired and accepted the job that they needed a stoc...
by Gerald Deutsch
July 12th, 2019, 6:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Card Ending
Replies: 60
Views: 4861

Re: Ambitious Card Ending

I have suggested a number of endings to The Ambitious Card in the thread of Perverse Magic on this forum including one that is the first item posted on that thread on December 2002 (page 6 of the book Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic") Basically the magician tries to find a selected card but kee...
by Gerald Deutsch
June 19th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years
Replies: 26
Views: 3412

Re: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years

I think you may find what you're looking for in prior posts to this thread above.
by Gerald Deutsch
February 14th, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Card Ending
Replies: 60
Views: 4861

Re: Ambitious Card Ending

If one is doing a Perverse Magic Ambitious Card where the magician is frustrated he can end by desperately taking another deck, and looking to see that the top card isn't the Ambitious Card and then - suddenly it is!!!

Frustrated, he ends his performance.
by Gerald Deutsch
August 14th, 2018, 8:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

Perverse Magic thread of Genii Forum –Contents 2002 December 17 Introduction December 21 Examples - Homing Card - Ambitious Card - Multiple Card Selection December 27 Coins - Coin Through the Table - Two Bits into Two Bits Partial Coin Vanish 2003 January 2 Ambitious Card - Study in Frustration Febr...
by Gerald Deutsch
August 14th, 2018, 8:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

I’m posting today this little verse On this thread of Magic Perverse Since 2002 I posted here Because whenever I see magic I always fear That the magician will act like he is so great And we don’t want magic that people will hate With Perverse Magic the magician’s confused And hopefully that will ke...
by Gerald Deutsch
August 14th, 2018, 8:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

Puzzling Prediction Effect 1 “I just learned a new card trick,” says the magician as he brings out a deck of cards and starts to shuffle it. 2 He shows the cards are in no particular order and he gives about half the deck to a spectator and tell him to shuffle his half as you shuffle your half. Your...
by Gerald Deutsch
August 1st, 2018, 7:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

I Must Be A Dolt – I don’t Understand This Nut And Bolt Effect 1 “I helped one of my magic buddies out today with a tax problem and he gave me this nut and bolt. He told me how to do something with it but I don’t understand how it works. Maybe one of you bright lawyers can figure this out.” I gave t...
by Gerald Deutsch
August 1st, 2018, 7:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

Perverse Magic – It’s All About Presentation -Two Back on this thread – May 2008 – I said: “--presentation is the most important aspect of a performance. There is no magic without an audience and an audience is there to be entertained and a good presentation is essential for entertainment. “Perverse...
by Gerald Deutsch
July 1st, 2018, 8:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

Perverse Magic With Silks Etc. Silk magic is probably one of the first things beginners are taught when they take up magic. I do remember so many years ago I purchased Abbott’s EZ Dyeing Silks from Ken Allen, the then manager of Abbott’s magic shop on 42nd street in Manhattan. The effect was, as I r...
by Gerald Deutsch
July 1st, 2018, 8:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

Frank Garcia’s Surprise Revelation Background This appears in Frank Garcia’s Exclusive Card Miracles and the author hints of a partial Perverse Magic presentation when he tells the performer to “feign surprise” at one part of the effect. I’ve gone further and am suggesting the conclusion also surpri...
by Gerald Deutsch
June 1st, 2018, 5:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

Perverse Coin Change Comment I was at a busy medical office in the waiting room when a nurse came over to me and said she heard I did magic. I knew I should do “something” and so I did this Perverse Magic effect which – as is the case with Perverse Magic allows you to do just one effect. The nurse l...
by Gerald Deutsch
June 1st, 2018, 11:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

Twisting And Turning Background Twisting The Aces was published by Dai Vernon in “More Inner Secrets of Card Magic” (page 5) and many magicians have had variations of that classic effect. The effect below incorporates some great variations shown to me by Bob Kohler who credits Jonathan Townsend for ...
by Gerald Deutsch
June 1st, 2018, 11:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

Penny To Dime Block Background This has long been my favorite “magic kit trick” – the little red magnetic block and shell penny that holds a dime. The block touches the penny and when it comes away the dime appears in it’s place. The presentation suggested below is Perverse Magic – you just got this...
by Gerald Deutsch
May 27th, 2018, 11:34 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: multiple cards to pocket
Replies: 21
Views: 3588

Re: multiple cards to pocket

I posted a "Perverse Cards To Pocket" on March 1, 2005 to the Perverse Magic thread of this forum.
by Gerald Deutsch
May 1st, 2018, 7:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

Perverse Card’s Across - Second Version Two Participants Above I described a Cards Across with a single seated spectator. This is a more platform version but falls more within the second category of Perverse Magic - the performer says one thing will happen but something else does. Assume 2 spectator...
by Gerald Deutsch
May 1st, 2018, 7:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

Perverse Card’s Across - First Versions Spectator - Participant Seated Effect 1 “Would you cut off about 1/3 of the deck,” the magician says to the spectator. 2 “Good. Now count the cards like this,” The magician picks up the remaining portion of the deck and drops three cards singly, one at a time ...
by Gerald Deutsch
May 1st, 2018, 7:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

Edward Victor’s Eleven Card Trick Background Way back on this thread – February 2, 2003 to be exact I posted my thoughts about this great effect. Several years ago, I performed the effect as it was written and the performance was taped and when I saw the tape I concluded that the effect – as I perfo...
by Gerald Deutsch
April 1st, 2018, 7:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

Perverse Linked Paper Clips Background On August 1, 2007, I posted “Linking Key Rings” on this thread, on October 1, 2013 I posted Perverse Linking Finger Rings and on May 1, 2014 I posted Linking Safety Pins. The effect is different here but this effect makes use of the laping move used in the Augu...
by Gerald Deutsch
April 1st, 2018, 7:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

Suits Me Background I got the idea for this from John Bannon’s excellent effect called “Play It Straight (Triumph)” in his excellent book “Impossiblia”. There the shuffles are on the table and here they are done in the hand and here, like so much of what I post on this forum, the magician doesn’t un...
by Gerald Deutsch
March 1st, 2018, 7:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

Jumbo Climax Effect 1 “Okay, I’m going to show you how I can pick out a card you are just thinking of. Here, say stop anywhere. Here? Okay, now think of this card. Good. Now shuffle the deck. Okay, now give it back.” 2 “Okay, now I’m going to pull out five cards and one of them will be the card you ...
by Gerald Deutsch
March 1st, 2018, 7:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

Visible Card Transpo Note One of the characteristics of Perverse Magic is that something happens either against what the magician wants or expects or the magician doesn’t understand why it happens. That puts the magician with his audience and not in a position where he is superior to his audience. T...
by Gerald Deutsch
February 18th, 2018, 9:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: How your character influences your material
Replies: 5
Views: 2609

Re: How your character influences your material

I use my personality and my Perverse Magic presentation (see Perverse Magic thread on this forum) to change “sucker tricks” so that “the joke” is on me and I don’t make a fool out of an audience member.
by Gerald Deutsch
February 1st, 2018, 8:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

Watch Background I mentioned the use of a watch as a prop several times on this thread. I also mentioned that sometimes performing only one effect can be the most effective approach. Some magicians, I feel, just don’t know when to stop, the result of which leaves the audience confused as to what the...
by Gerald Deutsch
February 1st, 2018, 8:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

THE WIZARD 2 Effect I was advising a client about some estate planning and taxes. The client knew me and knew that I was not only an attorney and a CPA but a magician as well. “I think you need a new will because of these changes we discussed.” I said. “Can you do that for me?” she asked. “No, I don...
by Gerald Deutsch
January 6th, 2018, 7:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Credit Card To Wallet
Replies: 20
Views: 4402

Re: Credit Card To Wallet

I posted an impromptu version of this on the Perverse Magic thread of this forum (under General) on June 1, 2008 called "Credit Card Transposition"
by Gerald Deutsch
January 1st, 2018, 8:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

A FORCE OF ANOTHER COLOR Background My friend Bob Lusthaus brought this effect by Roger Barkann to me. It appeared in the June 1951 issue of MUM. I changed the “plot” a bit so that it can be presented as Perverse Magic – and I made a few other changes. Effect 1 After performing several effects with ...
by Gerald Deutsch
January 1st, 2018, 8:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

For A Change As Perverse Magic Background I contributed this to Harry Lorayne’s Apocalypse – see pages 1486 and 1925 (Variation) and I mentioned it on this thread April 16, 2003. This is a further idea of using this as a Perverse Magic effect and it’s an effect that can be done impromptu at dinner w...
by Gerald Deutsch
December 15th, 2017, 5:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 10265

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

Poker Players Picnic I’ve always liked Poker Players Picnic from The Royal Road To Card Magic but I’ve always felt that the repetition makes it so that the spectator may be able to reconstruct the effect of ‘three to the bottom and one to each pile’.” But this can be remedied. I posted these thought...
by Gerald Deutsch
December 14th, 2017, 10:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 10265

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

Where would Chapter II go in the reformatted scheme of things?


In another book.
by Gerald Deutsch
December 14th, 2017, 10:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 10265

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

I suspect the tricks in the Royal Road that fool magicians must be the boring ones that I rejected. Here’s two you wouldn't reject: (From the Perverse Magic thread): Perverse Card’s Across - First Versions Spectator - Participant Seated Effect 1 “Would you cut off about 1/3 of the deck,” the magicia...
by Gerald Deutsch
December 14th, 2017, 8:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 10265

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

This is a great book and I've fooled many magicians with tricks from it.

My feeling, however, is that the chapters should be read in the following order:

I, IX, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, X, XV, XI, III, XIII, XIV, XVI, XVII,
by Gerald Deutsch
December 1st, 2017, 7:42 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

Vernon’s Variant Background I previously wrote on this thread: “Perverse Magic is a form of presentation that puts the magician with the audience rather than, as is the case with the presentation of most magic, above the audience. It has the magician saying ‘I don’t understand.’ Instead of ‘Tada’!” ...
by Gerald Deutsch
December 1st, 2017, 7:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

Coin Thru Card Sometimes an effect can be made into Perverse Magic by presenting it as the 6th category (see discussion under David Roth’s Legendary Four Coin Trick above, this thread, December 1, 2005) – The performer explains something that will happen but he doesn’t understand why it happens. Eff...
by Gerald Deutsch
November 1st, 2017, 8:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

CONFUSING THREE WAY Background “Quick Three- Way”, as I understand it, was originally published by Ed Marlo back in 1958 and since then there have been variations by many, including, Jerry Mentzer, Richard Kaufman, Derek, Dingle, Wesley James, etc. The basic effect is that a card is selected and los...
by Gerald Deutsch
November 1st, 2017, 8:02 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

Make A Profit Effect 1 “Do you have a quarter?” the magician asks his dinner companion. She smiles and reaches into her purse and gives him a quarter. “I just read that if you sprinkle salt on a quarter---“ He does—“It will change to a half dollar—“ It does. She smiles again. “But wait,” he says, “I...
by Gerald Deutsch
October 1st, 2017, 7:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

If You Get The Wrong Card – Use Perverse Magic Background It sometimes happens – you go to produce the selected card but – but – you found the wrong card. This is an abbreviated version of Perverse Ambitious Card routines that I posted above on this thread. Effect 1 “What was your card?” asks the ma...
by Gerald Deutsch
October 1st, 2017, 7:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 370
Views: 201032

Re: Perverse Magic

Magic Vibrations Effect 1 The effect is done seated and I like doing it with a woman. I ask her to say “stop” as I shuffle and when she does I show her the card and ask that she remember it. I deal the card face down on the table and I ask her to put her hand on the card. I put my hand on hers and c...

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